That has hit THYSF’s income despite costs staying broadly stable.I appreciate that THYSF dispute these figures and may have others paying for some of their services via other means, but clearly they are facing an existential crisis because of reduced income.This guest post is interesting because whether you agree with the mayor or not, you can see a logical and reasoned approach to decision-making – an insight never seen with his predecessor, Lutfur Rahman. w=300" data-large-file="https://trialbyjeory.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/biggs.jpg? w=395&h=265 395w, https://trialbyjeory.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/biggs.jpg? w=150&h=100 150w, https://trialbyjeory.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/biggs.jpg? w=300&h=200 300w, https://trialbyjeory.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/500w" sizes="(max-width: 395px) 100vw, 395px" /I should start by welcoming Ted back to the world of Tower Hamlets politics: your absence has been noticed and it is good to see you return to the fold.
The following is a guest post by Mayor John Biggs who wants to put his side of the argument on the youth sport funding row.It follows two previous guest posts (here and here) by Chris Dunne of the Tower Hamlets Youth Sports Foundation whose future is under threat due to funding problems. w=500" class=" wp-image-5955 alignleft" src="https://trialbyjeory.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/biggs.jpg? w=395&h=265" alt="Tower Hamlets mayor" width="395" height="265" srcset="https://trialbyjeory.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/biggs.jpg?There is also an urban myth circulating that the council spends £3.8m on sports already and all we need to do is reallocate some of that. The actual budget for our sports team is around £1.1m which achieves excellent value for money providing services such as: Much of this work would be at risk if we cut funding from the current service in order to reallocate it to THYSF.These are improvements which benefit the whole community including our young people. The council has supported them for a year to give them extra time but we cannot do so forever as we just do not have the funds, much like the schools who are choosing to no longer buy their services.I cannot speak for why schools chose to withdraw from THYSF however it is clear Government cuts have made school budgets far tighter over that time.
Whilst THYSF are not a council service, we have supported them by covering their deficit last year.That is why the council is funding a consultant to work with THYSF to help them work up this kind of proposal.What we cannot do is take their organisation into the council without the finances to pay for it.I have said all along that we would support THYSF to step out on their own should they wish to set up as a new social enterprise.They would still need a solid business plan and the council would probably commission them to run some of the services they offer.The problem facing THYSF is that they have always been primarily funded by the schools they provide services to; aside from the small amount of funding the council gets from Sport England which we gave to THYSF to support their programmes.